NEPTUNE - Police say the area surrounding a Neptune Township home has been evacuated following an early morning fatal house fire.

Firefighters responded to the home on The Plaza in the Shark River Hills section of the Township around 4 a.m. today.

Authorities say the area surrounding the home has been evacuated for safety reasons. Neighbors at the scene tell News 12 New Jersey the homeowner was a hunter and had hunting weapons in the home.

No information has been released about the victim. One other woman was able to escape the fire.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.